"biobigotry" -- coined by Natalie Angier?

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Apr 30 19:11:40 UTC 2008

On Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 1:16 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
>  In her article in today's NYTimes, Natalie Angier employs
>  "biobigotry" ("Noble Eagles, Nasty Pigeons, Biased Humans", Science
>  Times, page 1).  It has made the rounds of 486 Google hits (many if
>  not all of the first 10 clearly from her article), but not yet into a
>  Google book.  Is it her coining?
>  "In sum, I was suffering from a severe case of biobigotry: the
>  persistent and often irrational desire to be surrounded only by those
>  species of which one approves, and to exclude any animals, plants and
>  other life forms that one finds offensive."

So, a variant of speciesism?


--Ben Zimmer

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